CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - The Loyola University Maryland men’s golf team has been picked to win the 2016 Patriot League title, as voted on by the League's head coaches and sports information directors and announced by the conference office Monday.
Loyola narrowly edged Army West Point out of first place in the preseason poll, collecting 95 points and 11 first-place votes, while the Black Knights checked in second with 87 points and five first-place votes. Navy earned 71 points to come in third, followed by Colgate and Lafayette with 56 points each. Bucknell gathered 37 points to sit sixth, while Lehigh (33 points) and Holy Cross (13 points) rounded out the final two spots.
Sophomore Jeremy Wall is the top returnee for the Greyhounds, winners of their last eight-straight conference championships, including capturing back-to-back Patriot league titles. Wall finished as runner-up as a freshman and earned the Patriot League Rookie of the Year award, while junior Connor Flach, a 2015 second-team performer, and senior Jimmy Dengler, a 2014 first-team honoree, are also returners to Loyola’s lineup.
Navy will host this year’s tournament at the Naval Academy Golf Course in Annapolis, Maryland. The 54-hole event will feature 36 holes of play on Saturday, April 30 and the final 18 set for Sunday, May 1.